What do you get when you put a design-loving photographer, painter and all-around creative in a light-filled apartment near the beach? A gorgeous, art-filled, seriously dreamy space. That’s exactly what you can expect to find in the colorful home Arielle Vey shares with her fiancé in coastal Oceanside, California.
From the cutest office nook to open shelving in the kitchen, beautiful surprises await at every turn. So step on in and find out what art can do for a space. We’re confident you are going to finish this home tour dreaming of all the photos and prints you want to add to your own space! Enjoy!
Tell us about your home! What drew you to your little beach town?
When I was 12, my family and I moved from Seattle to Carlsbad, CA (just north of San Diego), so I spent my teenage years at the beach and drenched in sunshine. After high school, I went to the Art Institute in Seattle and moved right back down after graduating to start my photography business. My fiancé Bennett and I were driving around coastal Oceanside one day and found a 1940’s dream apartment across the street from the beach. After a year and a half of living there, we got the news that we needed to be out in 30 days so that the owners could renovate the entire building into vacation rentals. During that same phone call, we were offered a vacant one-bedroom across the street and we took it sight unseen. Five years later and we’re happier than ever. This neighborhood is not only swoon-worthy, but the creative scene is thriving and we feel so lucky to be here.
Obviously your home is full of amazing photography prints, but where else do you like to find unique wall art?
I’ve been painting and drawing on everything since I can remember and every so often I’ll make something (probably taller than me) to freshen up the walls. The geometric piece in the living room above the sofa is my latest and I’m itching to start a new one! The more recent prints have come from Society6 or are vintage.
I know it’s like picking a favorite child, but is there a certain print in your home that holds a special meaning?
It truly is! There’s a couple I’m split between: The pink lady in the living room is an enlargement I made that originated from a Vogue ad circa 1960. The original 8×10 had always been on display somewhere in our home and I recently had the idea of blowing it up and having her preside over the living room. The second is our Mount Rainier print by my favorite landscape photographer, Kevin Russ. His work is breathtaking and this one in particular is significant because we’re both from Washington originally and we’re getting married up there this summer.
Your office nook is so cute! Do you do a lot of work from home or do you feel better getting out of the house?
I work from my desk almost every weekday. My desktop computer can handle everything at once, so if I’m switching from a shoot in Lightroom, to working on the print shop or editing a video, it can keep up with me. I go for a lot of walks and run on occasion so I get a decent dose of sunshine and fresh air. I do find that being in the living room can be distracting at times, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything…except for a separate office room, with a door, particularly colorful and full of patterns (can you tell I’m dreaming?!).
Where’s your favorite place to decompress in the house after a busy week?
Hands down, the chaise part of the sectional. I’m definitely a homebody, so the idea of putting on “Shark Tank” or “Fixer Upper” and wrapping myself in three blankets sounds like the perfect night to me. On the flip side, I love cooking dinner, and being in the kitchen can be super relaxing if I don’t have any work to do that night. If you hear Al Jarreau or Luther Vandross, you can bet we’re probably prepping some sort of carb-fest.
Any insider tips for our readers on how to create a beautiful gallery wall?
Plan ahead! Make a mood board for the exact vibe you want to create and consider the different sizes you’d like to get. Then, measure the wall space to make sure everything will fit and once you have it all, lay it out on the ground before it goes up. In the past, I’ve arranged pieces into multiple options on the floor, taken pictures and gone with my favorite layout. The fun part about getting different sizes is that when you feel like rearranging, there’s more options for small pieces to fit in other places around your home.
Talk to us about your furniture! The pops of color in your living room are great. Do you have a favorite spot online to shop for bigger pieces?
I have some newbies that are heavily favored right now! We actually just had a major upgrade (feeling very adult) and got the Sven Sectional from Article. I chose the Cascadia Blue because it is a vibrant colorful accent while also maintaining some neutrality. The gold chair (also from Article) is my EVERYTHING right now! I’ve always been a huge fan of anything golden yellow and the color is stunning in person. The coffee table and TV console are both from Target and I often get asked if they’re vintage (which is my favorite question).
Was any particular space in your house hard to design?
If I had to choose, I’d say the office corner! It’s the first thing you see when you walk in and right in between the dining and living areas. I’m so happy it fits in this space, but I’m always scanning the apartment as if a new magical place will open up for it to go. With all that being said, I really do love it and I’m getting inspired to switch things up soon.
What’s your favorite cocktail to make at home?
Lately, it’s been a quality whiskey on ice with a slice of citrus. On the opposite end of the spectrum, cucumber martinis give me life. Wine is a go-to with dinner in our household.
We love the open shelving in your kitchen! Do you have a favorite spot to shop for pretty glassware and kitchen goods?
Thank you! The open shelving is fairly new so I’ve been slowly collecting things that fit with the color scheme. We found our pink dishes at IKEA and that purchase actually inspired a lot of what we have now. World Market is always fantastic when it comes to kitchen goods and I love checking out vintage shops when I have the chance. Last but not least, Anthropologie ALWAYS has something to lust over. Specifically, I fell in love with the Mimira collection by Suite One Studio and got my hands on the white/gold mugs and bowls.
What’s your current nighttime beauty routine?
I had an interesting journey with skincare last year and discovered a combination of habits/products that have revitalized my face. There’s a current skincare routine video on my YouTube channel with all the specific products, but the long and short of it is as follows: Micellar water to remove SPF or makeup, followed up with a gentle cleanser (dab dry with a fresh washcloth), then I go in with my hyaluronic acid, and finish it off with my moisturizer. Two to three times a week I’ll exfoliate after cleansing, put on a sheet mask for 20 minutes and go horizontal at approximately 9:30 p.m.
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Copper Side Table
Small Peach Vase
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Velvet Throw Pillows
Ocean Art Print
Floral Hand Art Print
Mt. Rainier Art Print
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Floral Sunnies Art Print
Marble Cheese Board
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Terra Cotta Bowl
Mint Baking Dish
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Linen Duvet Set
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Wood Block Votive Holders
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